Northern Ireland

Poll shows support for change to GFA power-sharing rules

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (right), former US Senator George Mitchell (centre) and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern smiling after signing the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (right), former US Senator George Mitchell (centre) and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern smiling after signing the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998

A new poll has shown that a significant number of voters want changes to the Good Friday Agreement power sharing rules that have allowed the DUP block a return of the Stormont institutions.

The largest unionist party has boycotted Stormont for more than a year in protest at the Northern Ireland Protocol, which puts a border down the Irish Sea.

The Good Friday Agreement was signed 25 years ago in April 1998, bringing to an end three decades of violence, and establishing power-sharing arrangements.

However ccording to a new Sunday Business Post/Red C poll, 39 per cent of voters want changes to the rules as they stand.

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Around 32 per cent of voters said they 'don't know', while 29 per cent of those asked said no changes should be made.

While the Windsor Framework, a post-Brexit agreement reached between the British government and EU, allows for fewer checks on goods moving between the north and Britain, unionists insist more changes to the current arrangements are needed.

To date DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson, who is coming under pressure from hardline elements within his party, has refused to soften his position.